Discovering the-Best-Version-of-Yourself

Week 3, Day 4

Maricris Dizon is Dynamic Catholic’s marketing lead for the Ministry department. Coming to us from Los Angeles, Maricris loves deep conversations with friends and traveling to experience authentic food. She enjoys nature, whether it’s spending time at the beach or hiking on trails, and feels the happiest at Disneyland (outside of Adoration).

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When I moved out to Cincinnati, it was challenging to not have community. And I think that was why it was easy for me to slide into bad habits.

There was more that I knew I could do, I just didn’t know how to get there.

One thing that came to mind was that I needed to treat my body with respect. And so I started to monitor what I was eating, what I was drinking, and how many hours of sleep I get each night.

And after I did that for a month and evaluated it, I realized that things needed to change. But I was feeling a little overwhelmed, because to me, it almost seemed really impossible. Honestly, I just saw point B and all these hurdles to get there.

How do I go out and not feel this need to have, all the food that I want, all the drinks that I want, and stay out as late as I want? Because that’s kind of the “normal” life that I knew. I just didn’t know what it would look like, so I guess I figured I’m just going to have to do it step-by-step.

Every decision I could make, I had to think, “OK, how can I do this in a way where it’s going to affect me in a good way in the long run? Is this decision I make going to help me be the-best-version-of-myself? Is this decision I make going to help me feel peace and help me find true happiness?” And I think it’s those little steps that help me overcome all my fears of not reaching the-best-version-of-myself.

A few months ago I didn’t think I’d be where I am now . . . feeling so refreshed, being able to wake up early and just take morning walks, and having this solid morning chat with Jesus every day.

Even now, I don’t know what the-best-version-of-myself necessarily looks like, but I know that it’s going to bring me joy. It’s going to bring happiness. It’s going to bring me peace. I can visualize that. That’s what I want. That’s what I’m striving for.

Becoming the-best-version-of-yourself is not about achieving an overnight transformation, so let’s remember to keep it simple. Just do the next right thing. Don’t worry about what you have to do next week or next year; just do the next right thing right now.

Five, ten, fifty, one hundred times a day. Do the next right thing often enough and you will live a life uncommon—life that is rich with inner peace and happiness. You will be on the path to becoming the-best-version-of-yourself.

Focus

Doing the next right thing always brings you closer to the-best-version-of-yourself.

Act

Choose the-best-version-of-yourself in everyday decisions.

Pray

Jesus, help me to see the-best-version-of-myself.


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